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MCC grows STEM academic programs

April 19, 2013 For many of us spring means an urge to push aside the dreary winter days by looking forward to gardening. more »»

Ensuring more Iowans have access to mental health services

April 17, 2013 The Legislature is continuing its bipartisan efforts to expand access to affordable health care. Your address should not determine the health care available to you. more »»

District 72 Update

April 9, 2013 Week eleven of the session is done. We continue to debate bills on the floor of the House. more »»

Growing Iowa’s middle class through smart jobs legislation

April 7, 2013 Iowa’s financial outlook is bright, according to the state’s nonpartisan Revenue Estimating Committee. more »»

Weekly Question for your Iowa Legislators

April 5, 2013 Q: "There has been discussion on drivers licenses being issued to those who are not citizens of the United States. more »»

Proposed Bottle Bill expansion detracts from better recycling future for Iowans

April 5, 2013 DES MOINES- Iowa Grocery Industry Association (IGIA) President Michelle Hurd recently advocated for expanded comprehensive curbside recycling, warning that Bottle Bill expansion is pulling focus awa... more »»

Are We an Honest People?

April 1, 2013 The mystery surrounded a missing book. more »»

Colon cancer screening saves lives

March 29, 2013 Is cancer preventable? That’s a provocative question. more »»

Insuring all Iowa students are prepared to succeed

March 27, 2013 Immigrants and refugees from impoverished or war-torn countries have come to us, seeking the American Dream. That means the face of Iowa’s population—especially its students—is changing. more »»

Shouldn’t all aspects of government be transparent?

March 25, 2013 Transparency is something that most of us believe should exist in all aspects of government. Yet it seems that the unions for state employees think that transparency shouldn’t relate to them at all. more »»

The Senate’s blank check to Israel

March 22, 2013 Ali Gharib is a national security reporter for ThinkProgress.org covering U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, particularly Iran. more »»

News-Herald Weekly Question for your Iowa Legislators

March 22, 2013 Q: "What is your position on the proposed change from a 180-day school year to a 1,080 hour instructional hour plan?" Responses: State Senator Steve Sodders (D-State Center)- “This proposal is one... more »»

IVCCD: Committed to fiscal sustainability through energy conservation

March 20, 2013 In 2010, Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) developed a new strategic agenda to guide and direct decision-making for the next three years. more »»

Enjoying the Peace of God in the Midst of Threats

March 17, 2013 We have been reminded yet again of the volatile world that we live in by the latest threats that have emanated from North Korea toward our ally South Korea as well as the threat of nuclear... more »»

Chronicle - News- Herald Weekly Question for Your Iowa Legislators

March 15, 2013 Chronicle News-Herald asks: Q: “What is your position on a bill which will make names and addresses of non-professional pistol and revolver permit holders confidential?” RESPONSE: State Se. more »»

Chronicle - News- Herald Weekly Question for Your Iowa Legislators

March 14, 2013 Q:?“Knowing Governor Branstad's decision - what is your view of Medicaid expansion in Iowa?” RESPONSE: State Rep. more »»

Key investments to grow economy, middle class

March 11, 2013 We’re keeping the focus on expanding Iowa’s middle class as we develop the next state budget. At the same time, we’re committed to a balanced, stable and sustainable budget. more »»

AIPAC’s play for exemption of U.S. Aid to Israel from sequestration

March 8, 2013 Douglas Bloomfield served as the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) chief lobbyist for more than a decade. more »»

Machine Operator Training is a successful training partnership

March 6, 2013 One of my favorite sayings is the African proverb “it takes a whole village to raise a child,” a philosophy that’s been widely adopted by the education sector. more »»

Expand affordable health care in a cost-effective way

March 4, 2013 Several local groups visited with me this week, including students from Tama and BCLUW. more »»

 
 

 

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